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John R. Ryan
Photo:Tim Raab

State University Board of Trustees Name SUNY Maritime President Ryan as Interim President of the University at Albany
The State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously voted February 24 to name SUNY Maritime College President Vice Adm. John R. Ryan, USN (Ret.), as interim president of the University at Albany. Full Story >>

Russell Banks Billy Collins
Russell Banks Billy Collins

Writers Institute Names State Author and Poet for 2004-2006
by Mark Koplik (March 5, 2004)
Russell Banks is New York’s new State Author and Billy Collins the new State Poet, the New York State Writers Institute has announced.
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Washington Semester Takes UAlbany Students to the Heart of the Action
by Greta Petry (March 5, 2004)
Curtis Johnson, 21, a UAlbany senior from Chili, N.Y., near Rochester, has only been in the Washington Semester Program for a few weeks, but has already seen the President. More >>

Daniel LevyFord Grant Assists Levy in Studying Global Growth of Private Higher Education
(March 5, 2004)
Distinguished Professor Daniel Levy (Department of Educational Administration and Policy) has received a $300,000 award from the Ford Foundation to extend work begun with a previous $230,000 award from Ford. “Understanding Private Higher Education: Global Roles and Patterns” explores the explosive international growth of private higher education. More >>

Robert Wann, Jr.UAlbany Undergraduate Helps Other Students
by Carol Olechowski (March 5, 2004)
For 21-year-old UAlbany student Robert Wann Jr., philanthropy is a way of life. He learned it from his parents. More >>

Presidential Search is Under Way
(March 5, 2004)
The effort to identify and recruit a permanent successor to former UAlbany President Karen R. Hitchcock is under way. More >>

Judith SaidelWomen’s Share of Executive Appointments Drops
by Lisa James Goldsberry (March 5, 2004)
UAlbany’s Center for Women in Government & Civil Society earned worldwide media attention in February with its findings that women lost ground in the number appointed to policy-making positions in state governments. The story was carried by The Guardian Unlimited of London, by USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, ABC News, The Boston Globe, and The Miami Herald, after coverage by the Associated Press news service. More >>

MBA Students Become Leaders through Community Outreach
by Tavonna Goodman (March 5, 2004)
In addition to meeting the standards of one of the most competitive MBA programs in the SUNY system, many School of Business students are touching the lives of people in the Capital Region community through volunteer work. More >>

Kevin DoolenEnter, Stage Left: Doolen, with a Fresh Approach
by Greta Petry (March 5, 2004)
J. Kevin Doolen, the new chair of the Department of Theatre, believes that “theater gets to the core of what it means to be human. That’s the point of theater. It is not mere entertainment.” More >>

University at Albany Commission Develops Diversity Definition
(March 5, 2004) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carlos Santiago has approved a new University at Albany definition of “diversity.” The definition is the result of a two-year process by members of the 2002-04 University Commission for Diversity and Affirmative Action (UCDAA) to make clear and unmistakable the meaning of the word diversity at UAlbany. The University administration and the UCDAA are publicizing the definition campus-wide in order to enable all who read about the University at Albany and its programs -- students, faculty, and staff – to understand the University’s commitment to the inclusion and representation by a diverse assortment of people, ideas and approaches in the context of UAlbany’s mission and goals. More >>

Summer Sessions mailer
Summer Sessions mailer
Artwork: Cathy Diefendorf
Summer Sessions Postcard a Hit
by Tavonna Goodman (March 5, 2004)
UAlbany’s Office of Summer Sessions is getting the message out to prospective summer session students with improved and redesigned postcards. More >>